10 items from 2014
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A rather misleading title is just one reason to be slightly suspicious of “Rio 2” an eye-popping, ear-tickling animated sequel that labors to fold a cheeky family sitcom, an earnest environmental primer, an exotic jungle tour, a broad survey of popular music and an avian remake of “Meet the Parents” into one bright and noisy package. Mining an unwieldy number of domestic and ecological dramas from the continuing saga of a rare Brazilian blue macaw, here venturing with his new family into the perilous Amazon rainforest, this hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it’s the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating as it lectures you about respecting Mother Nature one minute, knocks you over with a Gloria Gaynor cover the next, and squeezes in a lot of questionable comic relief in between.
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- Variety Staff
A hardened cop and a desperate crook form an unlikely alliance that helps bring down an organized crime syndicate in “Bad Country,” a blandly executed action-thriller whose cast names (Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe) and mild ’80s Louisiana flavor offer only modest compensations for the story’s workmanlike construction and routine twists. Opening for a brief theatrical run on April 11, this first and final directorial effort by “The Boondock Saints” producer Chris Brinker — who died of an aortic aneurysm last year, while the film (then titled “Whiskey Bay”) was still in post-production — feels like home-viewing fodder through and through, and should rack up a few downloads on the basis of its top-billed duo.
The loosely fact-inspired story (credited to four writers including Jonathan Hirschbein, who wrote the screenplay) begins in 1983 south Louisiana, also known as “hell with the lid off,” in the cynical parlance of Det. Lt. Bud Carter (Dafoe, sporting »
- Justin Chang
Let’s face it: being bad is always so much more interesting than being good. Much of my early years were spent in a small church, filled with many youth sleepovers in which a young Jerry would get scared shitless by people saying that Satanists were kidnapping and killing kids everywhere and that I would burn in hell if I listened to metal or watched horror films. Bummer for those folks, because talks of cults and the devil and metal and horror films only led to what ended up becoming an obsession, due to those subjects being so “bad” and taboo.
I grew up with an obsession and adoration of horror films involving cults, the devil and witches, and since April is Icons of Fright’s 10-year anniversary, we wanted to provide a nonstop assault of fun, original content, all written in our own respective voices. When thinking of that, »
- Jerry Smith
To mark the release of Bad Country on 11th March, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter (Dafoe) busts contract killer Jesse Weiland (Dillon), he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South’s most powerful crime ring. So when the syndicate orders Carter’s death and Weiland is ID’d as a snitch, the two team up to take down the mob and the crime boss (Berenger) who ordered the hit. Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Neal McDonough, Amy Smart and Tom Berenger star in Bad Country, a gritty action thriller from director Chris Brinker, a producer of The Boondock Saints.
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He plays fan favorite Daryl Dixon on AMC’s apocalyptic smash hit The Walking Dead, and now Norman Reedus is making the jump back to the silver screen with his first toplining action role since The Boondock Saints II: All Saint’s Day. The actor will team with his Walking Dead executive-producer Robert Kirkman for the sci-fi thriller Air. Blood Diamond‘s Djimon Hounsou is also attached to star in the film.
Air takes place in a future underground cryogenic facility, after nuclear fallout has rendered Earth’s atmosphere toxic. Reedus and Hounsou play the facility’s two custodial workers, who struggle to maintain their own sanity and stay alive whilst protecting the facility’s dormant inhabitants, intended to repopulate society at some point in the far future, and maintaining the delicate atmosphere of the facility.
- Isaac Feldberg
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: April 29, 2014
Price: DVD $Tba, Blu-ray $Tba
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Dafoe plays Bud Carter, a Louisiana detective who busts contract killer Jesse Weiland (Dillon) and convinces him to become an informant. Damon’s job is to rat out the South’s most powerful crime ring. When the syndicate orders Carter’s death and ID’s Weiland as a snitch, the two must join forces to take down crime boss Lutin (Berenger), who ordered the hit.
Bad Country wasn’t screened in theaters, making the DVD and Blu-ray its debut format.
Both formats contain two special »
Squeals of delight can be heard from facial hair aficionados across the land upon devouring the newly released trailer for Bad Country. Willem Dafoe and his expansive mustache square off against Matt Dillon’s equally stunning example of facial masculinity in the upcoming thriller from first-time director Chris Brinker. The film, previously known as Whiskey Bay, is being distributed by Mandalay Pictures and will likely be released in digital formats and direct-to-dvd later this year.
Inspired by true events, Bad Country follows contract killer turned police informant Jesse Weiland as he battles against his former criminal employer throughout the Louisiana Bayou. Amy Smart, Tom Berenger, Bill Duke and Neal McDonough fill out the excellent supporting cast. Unfortunately, early impressions of the film have not been favorable. Audiences have become numb to the typical cop and robber stories and this trailer does not do much to give an impression of originality. »
- Dominick Grillo
Here at Reelz, we have been watching a lot of our daytime programming, and after seeing the true-crime stories featured on Snapped, Solved and Solved: Extreme Forensics, we were amazed at how likable and upstanding murderers can be. But maybe it shouldn't be a surprise, considering how many of our favorite fictional killers are charming and empathetic. In honor of all those upstanding murderers, we bring you our top seven fictional characters who have had some experience with homicide.
Walter White from Breaking Bad
The total count of lives taken by the hands of Walter White gets pretty high when you factor in the group of Neo-Nazis he hired to kill off nine witnesses and one lawyer who were former employees of drug lord Gus Fring. Don’t forget the many deaths he is indirectly responsible for.
Why we like him: The reason we root for the great Walter White »
- Megan Rivera
The Boondock Saints had a long road to becoming the nationally recognized success it is today. In the late 90s, then bartender and low level rocker Troy Duffy was offered a very generous deal by Miramax and Harvey Weinstein to make his first feature film. He was to be given $300,000 for his script, a $15 million budget along with final cut and final casting decisions and Weinstein even offered to buy Duffy the bar he worked in so they could co-own it together. The wannabe filmmaker’s overnight success rocked movie news outlets everywhere.
However, it wasn’t long before the film deal fell apart and Duffy was nearly ostracized from Hollywood for his antics (shown in a rather biased »
- Gary Collinson
In 1994, actor Brandon Lee, son of the legendary Bruce Lee, was tragically shot and killed. This was no act of criminal violence; the trigger was pulled by an actor on set during the filming of Alex Proyas’ supernatural revenge-thriller The Crow, an adaptation of James O’Barr’s comic. A dummy bullet trapped in the gun was overlooked when blank cartridges were being inserted – a mistake, but one which would make The Crow Lee’s last film. Script changes, clever editing and digital effects were used to complete the film without its lead actor, coincidentally giving the entire film a strange, melancholic air when the viewer is aware of Lee’s death.
3 sequels followed the highly-praised original, all of which received ‘meh’ responses. A Canadian television series, The Crow: Stairway To Heaven, was also produced, during which another accidental death occurred when an unexpected explosion killed stuntman Marc Akerstream. Now, »
- Tom Durbin
10 items from 2014
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